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Living Lutheran Stories 8-8-2017

August 8, 2017 Perspective: A bigger table in a divisive era On July 26, the Trump administration filed an amicus brief stating that the provisions under Title VII (which dates back to 1964) do not refer to people in the LGBTQIA community. According to the … continue A new sense of purpose The Rev.  Jackie Utley …

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Living Lutheran Stories 8-1-2017

Children in worship series: Everyone can serve More than attendance The purpose of including and encouraging children in church—as well as their parents—is not to “improve our numbers.” It’s to get the gospel into the marrow of their … continue Reformation 500: 50 things Luther taught that you may not know As we commemorate the 500th …

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A message from the Presiding Bishop

July 26, 2017 Throughout the debate on the effort to “repeal or repeal and replace” the Affordable Care Act, Lutherans have joined me in calling on their members of Congress to improve access to health care. “We of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America have an enduring commitment to work for and support health care …

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Get 20 free books on the Reformation for your church!

Prepare for the fast-approaching 500th anniversary of the Reformation Get 20 free books on the Reformation for your church! Host a Reformation 500 Bookstore at your church this fall and introduce your congregation to engaging and affordable resources on the Reformation while growing your church library! The Fall 2017 Bookstore features some newly included titles like Martin Luther’s Table Talk, Luther’s Prayers, and …

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News from 1517 Media

Dear Partner in Ministry, Exactly one year ago today, we sent you a letter describing some of the exciting things happening through this ministry of publishing. We shared with you our new “umbrella” name, 1517 Media, reflecting our roots in the Reformation along with our future-oriented creation of resources using a wide variety of traditional …

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Refugees Need Your Voice

As Lutherans, we are proud to stand with our partner, Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service (LIRS), in supporting a strong U.S. refugee resettlement program. Please take a moment to read the following message from Javier Cuevas, LIRS Director for Advocacy, and learn how you can take action today. For more information on LIRS’ efforts to …

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Youth Gathering News – June 2017

Volunteer Volunteer applications are open! Love the Gathering but aren’t in 8th-12th grade or a group’s adult leader? Join us at the Gathering as one of our many volunteers. Be a part of the faith formation and transformation of lives for thousands of our young people. Learn more about our four volunteer opportunities and submit …

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Living Lutheran Stories – June 6, 2017

June 6, 2017 Pentecost providence Sometimes I meet Christians who make me nervous with their absolute certainty that God is directing every single moment of their lives—both the profound and the mundane. Not only does God lead … continue Reformation 500: 50 things you may not know about Luther As we commemorate the 500th anniversary …

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Living Lutheran Weekly Email Digest

ELCA and Episcopal Church issue call for prayer, fasting and advocacy CHICAGO (May 18, 2017) – The Rev. Elizabeth A. Eaton, presiding bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), and the Most Rev. Michael B. Curry, presiding bishop of … continue Turning away Jesus at the door Jesus stood in front of me …

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For Such A Time As This

ELCA ADVOCACY · FRIDAY, MAY 19, 2017 Pray. Fast. Act. Yesterday, the presiding bishops of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and the Episcopal Church issued a joint invitation to a season of prayer, fasting and advocacy. The Rev. Elizabeth Eaton, presiding bishop of the ELCA and The Most Reverend Michael Curry, presiding bishop of the Episcopal …

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Provide life-changing relief today

Behind the fast-paced media coverage and sensational headlines of today lie many untold stories of people all over the world who have found themselves in the middle of disasters that have forever altered the course of their lives.While the struggle – and resilience – of these communities may be ignored in favor of bigger news …

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Seeds Monthly – April 2017

Living Lutheran: ‘Church in rural America’ The ELCA has a long history of rural ministry, and rural congregations make up the largest demographic (28.1 percent) of ELCA congregations compared to other population segments. While rural congregations still number higher than suburban and urban congregations, they’ve been affected by changes that have been happening in rural …

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I Wonder… Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton

I wonder … By Elizabeth A. Eaton Recently, I heard the Bach cantata O heilges Geist und Wasserbad. The cantata’s text is based on John 3:1-15, which was the Gospel lesson at the service where the cantata was first performed. The image that stuck with me and about which I have been doing a lot …

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“God’s work. Our hands.” Sunday 2017

Please save the date Sunday, Sept. 10, when congregations of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America will again have the opportunity to gather together for “God’s work. Our hands.” Sunday. 2017 marks the 500th anniversary of the Lutheran Reformation. The ELCA’s anniversary theme, “Freed and Renewed in Christ,” reminds us of the gospel’s promise that we are …

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Seeds for the Parish

Rick Steves’ Luther and the Reformation Rick Steves’ “Luther and the Reformation” is available for you to stream and share. This one-hour video is a wonderful resource to better understand our Lutheran roots and help us in our continued journey of understanding the gospel. Many thanks to Steves, who has generously given all members of …

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ELCA Advocacy Action Alert

Call on Congress to protect healthcare at the ELCA Action Center! January 13, 2017 Yesterday, the U.S. Senate adopted a budget resolution as a first step toward repealing the Affordable Care Act. They did so without offering a plan for a replacement, an action which would leave up to 30 million Americans without health insurance. The …

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ELCA Advocacy Update – January 2017

Lutheran state advocacy efforts across the country In this January Advocacy Update, we are focusing on the advocacy priorities of our state public policy networks. Find out all about the vast and incredibly important work and top priorities of Lutheran state advocacy networks across the country by visiting the ELCA Advocacy Blog. ELCA Advocacy, Washington …

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Happy New Year!

Happy New Year! In her January column in Living Lutheran, Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton reminds us that the “gift of grace, especially as it comes to us in baptism,” helps us “make sense of our lives and resolves the stress” of making resolutions.

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ELCA Worship News – December 2016

Dear friends, We are called to ponder mystery and await the coming Christ, to embody God’s compassion for each fragile human life. God is with us in our longing to bring healing to the earth, while we watch with joy and wonder for the promised Savior’s birth. (Unexpected and Mysterious, ELW #258) In this season …

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Seeds for the Parish – December 2016

Called Forward Together in Christ: Strategic Directions 2025 Propelled by a commitment to Lutheran traditions and to being a community of faith that is always forming and being renewed, the ELCA’s presiding bishop, Church Council and Conference of Bishops initiated Called Forward Together in Christ in late 2015. This process sought to engage the ELCA …

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10% off Evangelical Lutheran Worship resources

More than 150 resources for God’s people, gathered in word and song around gifts of grace, sent with good news into the world. The year 2016 marks 10 years since the publication of Evangelical Lutheran Worship, the family of resources that helps congregations support and provide engaging worship focused on God’s mission. Now through December 31, 2016, …

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Hear the good news

But about that day and hour no one knows, neither the angels of heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father. For as the days of Noah were, so will be the coming of the Son of Man. For as in those days before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in …

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ELCA Church Council approves strategic directions plan

By Candice Hill Buchbinder, ELCA News The Church Council of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) took action that will help determine the future directions and priorities of this church when it met here Nov. 10-13. The council, which serves as the ELCA’s board of directors, adopted Called Forward Together in Christ – ELCA …

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Seeds Monthly – November 2016

ELCA Youth Gathering announces 2018 theme The theme for the 2018 ELCA Youth Gathering is “This Changes Everything,” and the primary Scripture will be Ephesians 2:8: “For by grace you have been saved through faith, and this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God.” The new logo is a visual representation …

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Seeds Monthly – October 2016

Ecumenical commemoration of the Reformation Tune in on Oct. 31 when The Lutheran World Federation (LWF) and the Roman Catholic Church host an ecumenical commemoration of the Reformation in Lund, Sweden. Pope Francis, LWF President Bishop Munib A. Younan and LWF General Secretary Martin Junge will lead a common prayer service in Lund Cathedral, and …

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Hurricane Matthew Update

Lutheran Disaster Response Hurricane Matthew ripped through the Caribbean and southeastern U.S. coast, leaving hundreds of casualties, thousands of homes destroyed and millions of people displaced and without power. Lutheran Disaster Response has committed to being present internationally and here in the U.S. Learn more about the different responses: International In Haiti alone, there have …

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GiftLegacy E-Newsletter October 2016

Personal Planner Wills – Perils of Probate Business Owner passed away on April 5, 1976, with an estate of $2.5 billion. Many people appeared claiming, “I am Business Owner’s heir” and submitted wills with themselves as beneficiaries. Read More Savvy Living Forgetfulness: What’s Normal, What’s Not? At age 76, my husband has become forgetful lately …

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Vote Faithfully Sunday -November 6, 2016

Join us in observing Vote Faithfully Sunday on November 6, 2016! These are difficult and challenging times for our local communities, our country, and the world.  Divisive and heated rhetoric dominate the public dialogue. More and more people are withdrawing from engagement in the political process out of a growing sense of cynicism and mistrust. …

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Presiding Bishop Eaton – Big Look at Small Catechism

A big look at the Small Catechism. In October, Living Lutheran shares a reprint of ELCA Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton’s column from July 2014. Just as she did at the 2016 Churchwide Assembly, Eaton encourages people to “dust off” their Small Catechism and take another look at the basics of our faith as we near the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. Read her column at https://www.livinglutheran.org/2016/09/19047/

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Joint Ecumenical Commemoration of the Reformation 

On October 31 (of this year, just a month away) the Lutheran World Federation will host an ecumenical Reformation event in Lund, Sweden, the birthplace of the LWF.  The event will include worship and Pope Francis has agreed to participate. The event will have a live stream!  Click here for all the information you need to …

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Advent: A Story of Hunger

The story of Advent is a story of hunger – a people’s hunger for salvation, the fleeing holy family’s hunger for safety, and the world’s hunger for a new dawn. It is a season when we await the one who will “give light to those who sit in darkness and in the shadow of death” …

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World Food Day 2016

World Food Day is a day of action against hunger. On Oct. 16, people around the world will come together to declare their commitment to eradicate hunger in our lifetime. Because when it comes to hunger, the only acceptable number in the world is zero. Each year, people around the world mark World Food Day …

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2017 Little Red Book

The Little Red Book Get the 2017 Edition Today! For decades, the annual Appointment Book or “The Little Red Book” has served Lutheran leaders as a practical, handy, pocket-sized date-keeping reference. Included are ELCA and ELCIC directories, lectionary days with readings, festivals and commemorations, and liturgical color. The cost of $9.95 includes shipping and handling. …

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